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Accusations fly as Honduran prison fire death toll jumps

Honduras Prison Fire

At least 382 people died in the fire in central Honduras and there are new questions about exactly what happened that night in the overcrowded prison... Outrage over the fire increased after the president of the country's supreme court admitted that only 40% of the inmates in the prison had been convicted. The majority were awaiting trial or waiting for charges to be filed against them.

 

California Prison Overcrowding: Supreme Court To Hear California Prison-Overcrowding Case

California Prison Overcrowding: Supreme Court To Hear California Prison-Overcrowding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an appeal from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and decide whether the state can be forced to release 46,000 inmates -- more than one-fourth of its prison population -- to relieve overcrowding.

The court's intervention is a victory for the governor and state prison officials, and it puts a judicial order on hold, at least until this fall.

At issue is whether federal judges have the power to order the release of state prisoners as a necessary means of curing a constitutional violation.

 

California makes parole easier

California makes parole easier

California's budget crisis and overcrowded prisons have led to a new reality for thousands of convicted felons: parole is getting ...

 

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